Hobart, AP. Travis Head’s century helped Australia recover from a poor start of 12 for three as they posted 241 for six on the rain-hit first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England on Friday. Head, who scored 152 in the first Test in Brisbane, played an aggressive 101 off 113 balls to not allow England to capitalize on their early success in the day-night Test on this day. Cameron Green also made an important contribution of 74 runs. Marnash Labushane scored 44 runs. Head and Green put on 121 runs for the fifth wicket. After half an hour of tea break, the game could not be played further in the day due to rain.

David Warner (0), Usman Khawaja (6) and Steve Smith (0) had returned to the pavilion by the time Head stepped into the crease in the 10th over after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. On wickets looking favorable to the bowlers, Ollie Robinson (2/24) and Stuart Broad (2/48) mainly did the damage for Australia. Head, who could not play in the Sydney Test due to corona virus infection, first took the position by sharing a 71-run partnership with Labushane. When Labushane did not even open the account, Jack Crowley dropped his catch at second slip, which cost England dearly.

Labuschagne made some good shots off Chris Woakes (1/50) and Mark Wood (1/79) but he slipped and got bowled while attempting to play Broad across the line. In the second session, Head and Green made some good shots on either side of the wicket. Head, after completing his century, was caught at mid-on by Woakes. He hit 12 fours in his innings. Green played 109 balls and hit eight fours before being dismissed by Wood. At the end of the day’s play, Alex Carey was on 10 while Mitchell Starc is yet to open the account. Australia has already won the series by winning the first three matches. The fourth Test played in Sydney ended in a draw.

Edited By: Sanjay Savern